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Bald eagles removed from the endangered species list, record salmon run in the Columbia River, crab population rebound in the Gulf of Alaska; these are a few of the headlines that give people the impression that some species have recovered or the oceans and land are once again recovered. But in all these cases and many more the current population...

Dead Zones

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Every summer in the Gulf of Mexico an area, sometimes as large as Massachusetts, becomes void of life due to severely depleted levels of oxygen in the Gulf's water, a state known as hypoxia. This condition kills every oxygen-dependent sea creature within its 8,500 square mile zone. The dead zone varies in size, but it has been growing steadily...

American Crocodile

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American Crocodile Written by: Mary Sweeters Crocodiles (crocodylus acutus) generally fall under the specific reptile group called crocodilians. The crocodilians have 23 species that are found in different parts of the world and two of those are native to the US. These two species are the American crocodile and the American alligator. The American crocodile can also be found in Venezuela, Jamaica, Cuba,...
Dangers of sunscreen to humans and corals reefs
The chemicals that make up sunscreen are a recipe for disaster. In fact, biologists can detect chemicals and minerals that are used to make sunscreen in coastal waters. Because skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, protecting yourself from the sun is a priority, but as with everything else, there is a cost. Sunscreen works...
Reef-Safe Sunscreen
Reef-Safe Sunscreen ProductsTry using one of the reef-safe sunscreens we have listed for you below. Many of them can be found on Amazon.Thinksport SPF 50 Sunscreen No biologically toxic chemicals Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes Easily absorbed by your skinAll Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Lotion Non-nano zinc oxide-based Lightweight water-resistant formula ...
Soil pollution, soil contamination
Soil pollution has a major impact on the entire planet and it will play a large role in the well-being of future generations. The best we can do now is implement measures to slow down the pollution and clean up polluted areas where possible. Doing nothing will only allow the pollution to progress to a point where our soil...
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When scientists search other planets for life, the first thing they look for is evidence of water cycle steps. That’s because without water, there can be no life. Fundamental to the normal, biological functions of everything from bacteria living in deep-sea hydrothermal vents to human beings bicycling around Beijing, water is the one need all life has in common. What...
Land Pollution
Land pollution is a serious problem that impacts humans, animals, and the earth. Without taking measures now to reduce pollution levels, permanent changes to the land can occur. The adverse changes to the environment due to land pollution are subtle, but the problem is much bigger than it appears.Even though most people have a general understanding of pollution, they...
Garbage On Rocks
Water is, perhaps, the most precious resource available on the planet. For a large amount of life to exist on Earth, access to fresh water is crucial. Despite the fact that water comprises more than 70 percent of the planet’s surface, only about 2.5 percent of this water can be qualified as “fresh.” Though ample water can be found...
While most people have a general understanding of what pollution is and how it is caused, most people have not heard about thermal pollution. The basic idea of pollution that most people know about includes air pollution from carbon emissions in vehicles and general pollution through littering and use harmful chemicals. A lot of people have never heard of thermal...